The name of Ivan Aivazovsky has been known for more than 100 years as the most outstanding among the names of the Russian school artists. Aivazovsky started been popular in his young years. Many foreign Art Academies elected him as a member. He was the second Russian Artists (after Kiprensky) who was honored to have a portrait exhibited in Uffizi in Florence.
This extraordinary favor was approved. There weren’t other one artists who managed so truly, brightly and also lightly and freely with the most difficult in the art motives – to show the image of the constant moving character of the sea. Aivazovsky grasps the trade and reveals the sea elements in his mariners. Blue sea elements with her eternal moving and immobility keep a great mystery for a man. This reasoned the popularity of the artist. Aivazovsky started his career in the epoch of Romanticism in Russia. In 1837 graduated St. Petersburg Art Academy with a gold medal. In 1940 he left for Italy. He dead in 1900 and was buried in Feodosia at the shore of the Black sea in the Yard of the Church Surb Sargis where he was Christen and had a wedding ceremony.
The works by Aivazovsky are in Russian antique market at a good price (small at 5000-6000$ to large at 25000$ and over.)
Here are a few paintings that represent Ivan Aivazovsky’s style and mastery.